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wawap 08-16-2005 09:52 AM

Hello - my son (nearly 22 months) has been diagnosed with asthma. It's no surprise, really, since my entire family and most of DH's family also has it. I had just hoped that we'd have a few years before all of this started.

The nebulizer was a joke. Maybe I'm a bad mom, but I'm refusing to use it. It took three adults to restrain him enough to use it. He was seriously hysterical & I just can't do that to him every 4-6 hours around the clock. It got to the point where he would get hysterical if he SAW the machine.

So - they gave me an inhaler with a spacer (a $64 plastic tube : ). I'm supposed to leave it on for 6 breaths & I'm failing miserably at that, too.

He's not old enough to understand what is going on. I've tried to make it "fun" - like playing a trumpet, etc. I've let him see me doing my inhaler & he thinks that is great entertainment, but he won't have anything to do with his.

How do you get a toddler to take inhaled meds? I rarely give him medicines, but when I do, he loves it. He has never spit anything out....

The asthma is pretty terrible, otherwise, I'd just let it go. You can see him straining to breathe when he has his shirt off. I can hear him wheezing across the room.


Any ideas are appreciated...

Also - any ideas for natural & safe things to prevent any flare ups? Other than getting rid of the triggers, of course...


Wugmama 08-16-2005 11:03 AM

Hello! I'm so sorry your little one, and you, have to go through this. My dd has also been diagnosed with asthma. We had been to the ER, and she was even admitted once, before her bad pediatricians sent us to a specialist, who has been a complete godsend.

We also had a lot of trouble with the nebulizer at first. We were using a blow-by which was hard enough, but then her specialist said she had to wear the mask. We made up a stupid name for the neb - puffy smoke, and called it that and tried to make a game out of it. I am totally NOT into forcing my daughter to do stuff, but we really had to with this, but unlike your, she didn't put up that much of a fight, luckily. Another thing we did was have a neb mask for her to play with. She had a toy doctors kit that she already like to play with, so we had a mask with it even before we switched to the mask, and that helped I think when it came time to use the mask.

Another thing, and I know this only helps half the time, but we have had great luck doing nebs when she is sleeping. You'd think the noise would wake her up, but it is enough of a white noise I guess. That may work for you at night at least.

Very, very best of luck to you and your little one!!!

wawap 08-16-2005 11:21 AM

Thank you! Those are some great ideas.... I think maybe doing the inhaler while he's asleep may work..... I'm going to give it a try tonight.

I love the idea of a doctor's kit & I'm going to look for one today. I think I will give him the spacer to play with (with an empty inhaler case attached), too.

My ped is awesome & just wants us to try this all for a week. We go back on Friday & maybe I'll have him RX the nebulizer, too. Maybe it was just too traumatic that first couple of times & a little break with a fresh approach would work.

Thanks again!


Shiloh 08-16-2005 10:06 PM

I would make my son practice with a toiletpaper roll so I could see he was breathing in and it was fun, we could colour it's the way too expensive tube.

Don't feel bad the nurses in the hospital told me kids hate the nebulizers, put on a nice video....but good luck part of the funny thing about athsma is it gets them all riled up (lack of air) so they fight pretty hard.

emmaline 08-16-2005 10:40 PM

my oldest ds started needing the nebuliser at age 8 mos he fought hard too but not as hard as a 2 yo can - I was sure he needed it so we had to persist

we sang to him mostly, holding him close, and then moved on to story books but he did prefer songs or poems and we would bounce him gently with the rhythms, he got used to it

we always had an old mask around for him to play with, he had a big kit of stuff to play doctors with, mostly the blunt bits from a dissection kit (real metal probes, tweezers etc but only non sharp!), syringe barrels (without the needles!!), a little hammer for reflex testing, a plastic stethoscope, bandages torn up from rags etc etc he needed to play doctors a lot to deal with the stuff he experienced in hospital

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